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Wednesday 22 August 2018

McGrath's comments on Suarez racist - Johnson

LIVERPOOL full-back Glen Johnson has launched an astonishing attack at Irish legend Paul McGrath branding him a 'racist'.

Johnson wore a t-shirt showing his solidarity with Luis Suarez during the bitter race row between the Uruguayan and Manchester United's Patrice Evra which drew criticism from McGrath.

McGrath (pictured right) was scathing in his criticism of the England international on twitter and later on radio but Johnson (pictured left) has labelled McGrath's comments as prejudicial.

"It's only an issue because I'm the only black lad at the club," he said.

"If it's bad that the other lads supported Luis then that should be seen as just as bad as me supporting him. But people are on to me because I am black.

"The McGrath thing ... saying what he said is racist.

"He is only saying that to me because I was the only black lad wearing the t-shirt. He's targeting me because of my colour. Listen. I'm my own man. If I have something I want to say or do then I will do it. The reason I wore the t-shirt is because I know 100pc Luis Suarez is not a racist."

McGrath responded to the blast by stating that the Reds player was entitled to his opinion on the subject.

"I've nothing against Glen Johnson. I don't know him as a person but admire him as a player. He's entitled to his piece, as I am to my piece," he said.

Johnson went on to add fuel to the fire of the Suarez-Evra dispute by suggesting that Suarez's failure to shake the Frenchman's hand during the club's recent Premier League meeting at Old Trafford was Evra's fault.

"Evra was clever at Old Trafford. I'm not being funny but if I wanted to shake your hand I would stick it right out in front of me," he added.

"But if my hand is down almost by my side then it is because I really don't want to shake your hand.

"Luis didn't shake his hand because Evra's hand was down there. What is Luis supposed to do."

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